April 2020 - COVID-19 response: Samford Scouts are scouting online
Samford Scout Group is still operating during this challenging time facing our community.
We have moved our co-ordination online, with a range of Scout activities now conducted in scout member's homes and virtual scout meetings conducted online. As scouts we need to be prepared to adapt to face challenges.
Until we can resume face-to-face meetings, Samford Scout Group plans to continue to deliver the scouting program, using innovative strategies while maintaining strong youth involvement.
Feedback from parents and youth members has been excellent so far, and we thank our Samford Scout Group community for their continued support.
Samford Scout Group provides fun youth development activities, building resilient and confident boys and girls aged 5 to 25 in the Joey (5-7 yrs), Cub (8-10yrs), Scout (11-14 yrs), Venturer (15-17 yrs), and Rover (18-25 yrs) Sections. We are child safe and also welcome adult volunteer leaders and helpers. Scouts has opportunities for the whole family to be involved. Find out about the Section of Scouting that is best for your family in each Section page link above.
Scouting is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia. More than 15,000 boys, girls and adults in Queensland participate in all aspects of Scouting. The Purpose of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens, and as a member of their local, national and international communities.
Today's Samford Scouts can take part in extraordinary outdoor activities, from 'traditional Scouting skills' like camping and bushcraft to even more extreme challenges like abseiling, canoeing, mountain biking, rafting, overnight hiking, rock climbing, sailing ... even flying!
SECTION AGE RANGES IN QUEENSLAND
Joey Scouts can start at age 5 when attending school and would normally progress to the Cub Scout Section by 8 years of age. The linking process would start around 7 years and six months, depending on their individual readiness socially and intellectually.
Cub Scouts would start at around their 8th birthday and normally progress to the Scout Section by 11 years of age depending on their individual readiness, socially and intellectually. Cub Scouts are able to commence their linking process at around 10 years and six months, depending on their individual readiness.
Scouts would start around their 11th birthday and normally progress to the Venturer Scout Section by 15 years of age. The linking process would start at about 14 years and six months, depending on their individual readiness.
Venturer Scouts would start around their 15th birthday and progress to the Rover Scout Section after their 18th birthday. If still at school they may stay beyond their 18th birthday until the end of that year. Once 18, while still in Venturers, they are an adult and they would be required to meet all adult requirements including having a current Blue Card. Venturer Scouts are able to commence their linking process to the Rover Scout Section at any time after the age of 17 years and six months.
Rover Scouts must have reached their 18 birthday and cannot stay in the Crew after their 26 birthday.
A new Youth Member in may start in the older section up to six months prior to the above requirements - namely a new member aged 7 could start in either Joey Scouts or Cub Scouts; a new member aged 10 could start in either the Cub Scout or Scout and a new member aged 14 could start in Scouts or Venturer Scouts. All Rover Scouts must be aged 18 years.
We have a New Youth Program
Currently we are introducing a New Youth Program which represents the biggest change to Australian Scouting program in 40 years.
The New Youth Program fosters the personal growth of each of our youth members, through adventurous, fun, challenging and inclusive programs, and grounds Australian Scouting in the fundamentals on which the Movement was built upon. All of this is done while keeping young people at the centre and making sure that everything we do is for their development.
We have an exciting journey ahead of us and we cannot wait to see each of our youth members thrive in the New Youth Program!
Click this link to watch our video about the New Youth Program
Click this link to learn more about NYP
Scouting provides heaps of opportunities for personal achievement. Our progression through these challenges is recognised by Scouting's Achievement Pathways. There's many different paths, and each Scout's path will be unique. Start your journey on the Achievement Pathways now!
Click this link to watch our video about the Achievement Pathways
Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS)
The Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) have been introduced to increase the outdoor adventure in Scouting. These outdoor pursuits, offered to young people of all ages, provide members with the opportunity to experience and then pursue activities of interest in the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking, camping, SCUBA, skiing or climbing, members may choose to gain basic skills across a broad range of activity areas, or they may pursue a small number of activity disciplines to a high skill level—the choice is yours, so what will you do?
Click this link to watch our video about Outdoor Adventure Skills
Click this link to learn more about OAS
Special Interest Areas (SIA)
The Special Interest Areas (SIAs) encourage Scouts from all sections to try new things and pursue existing interests. Scouts set their own goals, enabling them to design a project that interests and challenges them personally. They are broad, encouraging Scouts to pursue a diversity of interests and to ensure any activity a Scout could possibly think of can be included.
Click this link to watch our video about Special Interest Areas
Click this link to learn more about SIA